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Banana Bread:

~2 c flour  ~1/4 tsp baking soda  ~1 C sugar  ~2 eggs, beaten ~1/4 c (1 stick) butter, softened or slightly melted  ~3 large very ripe bananas, mashed 

~1/2 C nuts (opt)

1. Mix all but bananas.

2. Stir in bananas then nuts(opt)

3. Line loaf pan with foil and spray with cooking spray. Pour into pan.

4. Bake 350 for 30 mins- 45 mins (depends on ovens, check top to spring back when poked. If you insert knife to check make sure its not the mashed bananas on knife , not uncooked dough)


Oatmeal Cookies:

cream together- ~1 c sugar  ~1 c brown sugar  ~ 1c butter; then add ~ 2 eggs ~2tsp vanilla

in bowl~ 2  c flour ~ 1 tsp baking soda ~ 1 c oatmeal

1. Mix seperately then mix together.

2 Spoon onto sprayed cookie sheet. Bake  350 for 10 mins

**optional: add choclate chips, nuts, and/or mashed bananas


Chocolate Cobbler:

~2 sticks butter  ~ 1 1/4 C sugar  ~1 1/2 C flour(self-rising)  ~1 tsp vanilla  ~3/4 c milk  ~6 TBSP cocoa 1 C sugar ~2 C boiling water

1. Melt butter in 13x9 pan

2. Mix suagr, flour,vanilla,milk and pour over melted butter

3. Mix in another bowl suagr and cocoa, then add boiling water. Pour over flour mixture

4. Bake 250 degrees/ 30-45 mins


Chocolate Toffee Saltines:

~1 sleeve saltines  ~ 3/4 c brown sugar ~1 c butter  ~12 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips  

1. Line cookie sheet with foil and spray with cooking spray. preheat oven 400 degrees.

2. Line pan with crackers, side-by-side.

3.Melt butter and sugar in sauce pan stirring constantly,  boil for 3 mins.

4.Pour over saltines, spread evenly with back of spoon. 

5. Bake 5 mins.

6.Remove from oven and sprinkle with chocolate chips.

7. Let set for 1 minute, then spread with back of spoon. let cool, then break in pieces.


Chocolate Chip Scones:

~2 c Bisquick ~1/5 C semi-sweet choc chips  ~1/3 c heavy whipping cream ~3 TBSP sugar ~1 egg ~1tsp vanilla ~ addtional whipping cream

1.Mix all but addtional whipping cream.

2. Pat into 8" circle(if its too sticky dip fingers in bisquick).

3. Brush with addtional whipping cream, sprinkle with sugar.

4. Cut into 8 wedges but DO NOT seperate.

5. Put on sprayed cookie sheet. Bake 425 degrees/ 12 mins


Kiddie Trail Mix:

~ goldfish ~mini marshmallows ~ chocolate chips ~M & M's ~Cheerio's ~any kids favorite snack

1. Let kids mix together.  


July 21, 2009
 1/4c butter, softened
3/4c sugar
2 eggs
1/2 c milk
1 tsp vanilla
2 C flour
1 tsp baking powder
~ Then add to batter.
~ Fold in in 2 C berries/ Blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries
~ Pour batter into grease or foil lined loaf pan, or Muffin tin
1/3 c sugar 
 1/2 c flour

1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 c butter, room temp
~Sprinkle over loaf or muffins
~Bake at 350 degrees for 20 mins.( check with knife) 
~ Cool 10 minutes before serving

Pear and Cherry Buckle (for the slow cooker)(reader recipe!)
1 can cherry pie filling
1 can pears in light syrup
1 box yellow cake mix
1 stick of  unsalted butter
1/4 cup Almond slices
1 packet Maple and Brown Sugar instant oats
1 tsp Almond extract
cooking spray
paper towels
Spray inside of crock pot. Fill with cherry pie filling and pears. (cut up the pears into bite size pieces) Add 1 tsp almond extract. Stir together. Pour the entire box of dry cake mix over the top of the fruity mixture. Do Not stir. The cake mix will absorb the juices from the fruit mixture. Cut stick of butter into pats and drop evenly over the dry cake mix. Sprinkle entire oatmeal packet over butter. Sprinkle almond slices over oatmeal. Cover top of crock pot with 8 paper towels to catch steam/moisture. Place lid on crock pot. Cook on low for 4 to 4 1/2 hours. Do not lift the lid of the crock pot for the first 3 hours or it will not turn out right.
Serve with vanilla ice cream or whipped topping.
I make this at least once a month!

2 cups flour                                  Sift flour with sugar, combine oleo-shortning-cocoa-and
2 cups sugar                                water in a sauce pan. Bring to a boil for 1 min. and pour
1 stick oleo                                  over dry, ingredients. Stir well and add buttermilk, eggs, 
1/2  cup crisco                             cinnamon,soda and vanilla. Mix real well. Pour into a
4 tablespoons cocoa                     greased pan or cupcake pan. Bake at 350* for 25 min.
1 cup water                              Icing ~1 stick oleo, 4 tablespoons cocoa , 
1/2 cup buttermilk                                      6 tablespoons milk, 1 box powered sugar
2 eggs                                                       1 teaspoon vanilla, 1 cup nuts.
1 teaspoon cinnamon                    Combine oleo,cocoa,milk,--bring to a boil. Add sugar
1 teaspoon soda                           vanilla and nuts. Spread on hot cake.
1 teaspoon vanilla                        I sometimes use 1/2 this.
~ from Nell                                                    (* oleo is the same as butter)
Fudge Popsicles
3 Tbsp Flour
3 Tbsp cocoa
4 c Milk
popsicle mold

1. In a sauce pan, combine sugar, flour, and cocoa.
2. Stir in milk slowly, until smooth.
3. Bring to a boil. Boil fro at least  2 minutes.
4. Let cool down, and pour into molds.
5. Freeze up to 3 months. ENJOY!

Orange Creamsicle Cake
1 yellow or white cake mix, cooled
1 box of dry orange jell-o mix
1 c hot water
1 tub cool whip
orange extract (opt)

1. Mix jell-o mix and water, dissolve
2. With a wooden spoon handle, poke holes in the cake.
 3. Pour jell-o over the cake.
4. Mix cool whip and orange extract, then spread on top of cake.
 3/4 c Sugar

Chocolate Pancakes(with pictures)
3/4 C flour
3 TBSP cocoa
1 TBSP baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 TBSP sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 C milk
2 TBSP butter, melted
1/2 Cup mini chocolate chips
Penzey's Raspberry Enlightenment or powdered sugar or whipped cream(opt)

1. Grease griddle.
2. Sift together flour, cocoa, salt, and baking powder in a bowl.
3. In a mixing bowl, mix sugar, eggs, vanilla, and milk. Pour in the melted butter.
4. Make a well in the flour, and add the wet milk/egg mixture.
5. Fold in the chocolate chips
6. Cook pancakes on griddle.
7. Cut into heart shapes, save the scraps for snacks.
8. For dessert: top with Raspberry Enlightenment and whipped cream.
9. For breakfast: serve with powdered sugar and syrup

 Resurrection Cookies:
 Also see Easter section

To be made the evening before Easter.

1c. whole pecans
1 tsp. vinegar
3 egg whites,
pinch salt
1c. sugar
 zipper baggie
 wooden spoon

Preheat oven to 300 BEFORE BEGINNING.

 Place pecans in zipper baggie and let children beat them with the wooden spoon to break into small pieces. 
Explain that after Jesus was arrested He was beaten by the Roman soldiers. Read John 19:1-3.

Let each child smell the vinegar. Put 1 tsp. vinegar into mixing bowl. 
Explain that when Jesus was thirsty on the cross he was given vinegar to drink. Read John 19:28-30.

Add egg whites to vinegar. Eggs represent life. 
Explain that Jesus gave His life to give us life. Read John 10:10-11.

Sprinkle a little salt into each child's hand. Let them taste it and brush the rest into the bowl. 
Explain that this represents the salty tears shed by Jesus' followers, and the bitterness of our own sin. 
Read Luke 23:27.

So far the ingredients are not very appetizing.

Add 1 c. sugar. 
Explain that the sweetest part of the story is that Jesus died because He loves us. He wants us to know this and how to belong to Him. Read Ps. 34:8 and John 3:16.

Beat with a mixer on high speed for 12 to 15 minutes until stiff peaks are formed. 
Explain that the color white represents the purity in God's eyes of those whose sins have been cleansed by Jesus. Read Isaiah 1:18 and John 3:1-3.

Fold in broken nuts. Drop by teaspoons onto wax paper covered cookie sheet. 
Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus' body was laid. Read Matt. 27:57-60.

Put the cookie sheet in the oven, close the door and turn the oven OFF.

Give each child a piece of tape and seal the oven door. 
Explain that Jesus' tomb was sealed. Read Matt.27:65-66.

Explain that they may feel sad to leave the cookies in the oven overnight Jesus' followers were in despair when the tomb was sealed. Read John 16:20 and 22.

On Easter morning, open the oven and give everyone a cookie.

Notice the cracked surface and take a bite. The cookies are hollow! On the first Easter Jesus' followers were amazed to find the tomb open and empty! 
Read Matt. 28:1-9

Strawberries and Cream( with Pictures)
2 containers strawberries
1/2 c sugar
cool whip topping

1. Cut strawberries. Rinse and put in a bowl (with lid)
2. Pour sugar over strawberries, then toss.
Store covered in fridge for at least 2 hours.I suggest overnight. The juices and sugar will make a syrup.
3. Pour some strawberries into a bowl and top with cool whip.
* Simple and Yummy!

Pina` Colada Pie:(with pictures)
1 can crushed pineapple, drained
1/2 bag of flaked coconut
1 large tub cool whip

1. Combine all ingredients and pour into two pie crusts
2. Freeze, for a few hours or overnight.
3. Let it sit out a few minutes before cutting and serving

Red Velvet Peppermint Cupcakes:
(peppermint is optional!)
1 Box Red Velvet Cake Mix
1 tub Vanilla Icing
decorative stickers 

cupcake liners

1. Make cake mix as directed.
2. Spoon mixture into cupcake liners
3. Bake as directed, about 15-18 minutes
4. Let cool and spread with vanilla frosting/icing.
5. Crush peppermints and sprinkle on top of frosting/icing.
6. Put stickers on toothpick and stick on top of cupcake.